It was at these games that Arab terrorists stormed the Olympic compound and took the Israeli national team hostage. Two Israeli's were murdered in their rooms, and the remaining nine were executed at an airport as the terrorists attempted to leave. I have never forgotten the brilliance of ABC's Jim McKay as he reported on the crisis then had to tell the world that all the athletes were dead.
In less skilled hands, this film might have degenerated into just another revenge yarn. However, Spielberg does an excellent job of dealing with the subject matter in a three-dimensional way. He tells the story of the squad's quest to track down the murderers, but also includes the viewpoint of the Palestinians, as well as the toll this assignment had on the Israeli agents.
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This is a great film. It is rated 'R' primarily for violence.